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Heard Of A Flexitarian Diet? 5 Things You Need To Know About This New Trend

Back when we were growing up- there were only two kinds of diet- vegetarianism and non-vegetarianism. And then the vegan trend started. But now- you see new names cropping up like Lacto-vegetarian, Pescetarian, Paleotarian and Pollotarian, and the latest trend joining the bandwagon- the Flexitarian!

Here are 5 basic questions you would have on Flexitarian answered in simple terms!

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Start with the basic- what is a Flexi-tarian diet?

In simple words- Flexible Vegetarianism. Meaning your diet will mostly be all of the plant-based vegetarian foods but you can eat meat and other related products in moderation.

So what’s allowed is clear. But what’s not allowed?

All green vegetables- and soybeans, tofu, etc When opting for animal foods, make sure you go for free-range eggs, organic dairy products and grass-fed meat products.

The biggest Q- does it help me lose weight?

The good news- yes. Opting for plant-based foods ensures you are foods that are low on calories. And a heavy plant-based diet, would not only aid in weight loss but also help diabetics.

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What are the positives:

One obvious- the weight loss.

Second is you would feel full for longer- because of the rich fibre-take in the plant-based foods.

Third- a study by the American Heart Association shows those who follow a flexitarian diet show fewer incidences of heart failures and stroke.

Ok, now tell me the downsides:

For those who have been following a meat-based diet for long, to suddenly let go of it and follow a plant-based diet can cause vitamin deficiency, a cut down on essential omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, iron and calcium. They would have to supplement the lack of vitamins in these animal foods in their new plant-based diet.

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